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Local players make an impact on their college teams

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Former St. Aloysius football player De'Michael Harris in action for Southern Miss. Photo from USM website.

College football in Mississippi is wraps up another week with local players making an impact with their teams.

Former Vicksburg High linebacker Nick Anderson had one tackle for Tulane on Saturday in a 29-21 loss to Temple. Tulane will face University of Central Florida next Saturday at home.

In Hattiesburg, former St. Aloysius football players De’Michael Harris and Drake Dorbeck helped the University of Southern Mississippi football team to a 36-17 victory over The University of Texas at San Antonio. Harris finished with 121 rushing yards and two touchdowns, along with five catches for 22 receiving yards. Dorbeck started at right tackle for the Golden Eagles, blocking for quarterback Jack Abrahams who passed for two touchdowns, while former St. Aloysius lineman Josh Price started for Southeast Missouri in a 26-12 victory.

Former St. Aloysius offensive lineman Ben Brown started for Ole Miss on Saturday in a 58-37 loss to No. 1 Louisiana State. Brown blocked for freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumee as he rushed for 212 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.

Chris Stamps, a former Warren Central standout, had four tackles for Middle Tennessee State as they lost to Rice 31-28 on Saturday.

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McDaniel and Sizemore finished successfully in their first season as head coaches

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VHS Gators Head Coach Todd McDaniel (photo )

Vicksburg High School football coach Todd McDaniel and St. Aloysius football coach Stacey Sizemore both finished with successful seasons in their first year at their schools.

McDaniel arrived at VHS earlier this year to help lead the Gator who hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2017.

The Gators had a rocky start in McDaniels first few games but the head coach quickly began turning things around as the offense got more and more comfortable with the wing-t running style.

The Gators were able to finish with a 4-8 season and ended up reaching the class 5A playoffs this season. McDaniel and the Gators will now begin weight room workouts to prepare for spring training.

Flashes Head Coach Stacey Sizemore (photo )

Sizemore got the head coaching job of the Flashes back in February and inherited a very young team that he was in charge of turning around.

The Flashes struggled in the beginning of the season and were unable to score a touchdown early in the year. Soon, St. Aloysius shocked Silliman Institute in a 38-0 shutout to give them their first win under Sizemore.

The Flashes went on the finish the season with a 4-7 record under Sizemore and they are now currently in off season training.

Both Sizemore and McDaniel have a long history and reputation of building successful programs at the schools which they have coached, and many fans will be supporting them as they are preparing for their second season.

 

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Anderson leads Tulane to 38-12 win over Army

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Former Vicksburg High School football player Nick Anderson continues to help lead Tulane as they defeated Army on Saturday 38-12.

Anderson had 3 tackles in the big game, which now gives Tulane a 5-4 record for the year and brings them one step closer to being eligible to play in a bowl game.

Anderson was also a team captain in Saturday’s victory. Since joining the Green Waves last season, he has improved his performance each week.

The Green Waves will face Tulsa on Thursday where Anderson will need to have another great performance to help Tulane to victory.

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USM quarterback Jack Abraham out for the season

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Jack Abraham (photo courtesy USM Athletics)

USM quarterback Jack Abraham is reportedly out for the rest of the season.

Abraham suffered from a concussion earlier this season as well as COVID-19. He was the star of the offense under former head coach Jay Hopson who resigned earlier this season.

Abraham led the Golden Eagles to two winning seasons as the starting quarterback.

USM will start Trey Lowe Saturday in the game with Western Kentucky. Lowe is the third string quarterback behind Tate Whately who is battling a concussion.

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